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What Now?

Television, 1981 - present (Children, Series)

 What Now?

Series Synopsis

What Now? is a long-running entertainment show for primary school-aged children. Filmed before a live studio audience on weekend mornings, What Now? is a New Zealand TV institution; it was the first TV show to have live phone-ins. The series is known for its challenges that sometimes result in participants being 'gunged'. A roll-call of presenters includes Steve Parr, Danny Watson, Simon Barnett, Jason Gunn, Michelle A'Court, Tamati Coffey, Antonia Prebble, and more. 'Get out of your Lazy Bed' by Matt Bianco is the theme song memorable to generations of Kiwi kids.


Series Notes

This is the series overview page, here you can find which episodes or clips are available on NZ On Screen.


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2006 Qantas Television Awards
Nominated for Best Entertainment Programme for 'Gunge and Run Awards' episode

2006 Air New Zealand Screen Awards
Nominated for Best Entertainment/Factual Presenter: Tamati Coffey

2002 TV Guide New Zealand Television Awards
Best Entertainment Programme: '20th Anniversary Special'

Nominated for BestDirector - Factual/Entertainment

2000 TV Guide Television Awards
Best Children's Programme

1995 New Zealand Film and Television Awards
Best Director - Television: Rob McLaughlin, Episode 38

Nominated for Best Children's Programme - episode 38

1989 Listener Film and Television Awards
Best Children's Programme